What’s the best computer protection/internet security strategy?

I got a new computer for Christmas and I want to keep at as virus-free as possible. How do you ensure your computer is protected from viruses and spam-ware? What virus scans do you trust the most? Any other general tips?
It’s a PC by the way, not a mac.

6 replies
  1. rockfish says:

    if you got a Mac forget it. for PC try -superantispyware.com or AVAS.com or free-av.com. there are a lot more you can buy such as NORTON.

  2. w0rms says:

    Well, in my windows box, I have only an antivirus to protect myself against treats, It doesn’t protect against spyware since its AVG free edition but I think I have enough experience to stay spyware-free. If you don’t, I recommend you to create a user account an use it do the daily tasks instead of the default administrator account. This way, you will never have permission to install anything, including virus and spyware. When you really need to perform an installation, you login with the administrator account just for how long you need it.

  3. me r smart says:

    do not visit porn site.do not click on anything when a website pops up telling your computer is infected.keep your computer updated by downloading the latest windows update.

    antivirus- http://avast.com/ its free but you have to register
    firefox- http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ safer browser then IE
    malwarebytes anti-malware- http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php currently the best at detecting and removing spyware,trojan,and adware.
    spyware blaster – http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
    immunize your browser

  4. flemingv says:

    The threat to computer security has simultaneously increased with rapid development in information technology which has consequently penetrated every aspect of human existence. Moreover, criminal acts aimed at breaching information is also rather on the increase. There visit http://pcsecurity.fateback.com to get all the information need to tackle any threat to your computer security

  5. Ooops says:

    I have used AVG Anti Virus, Zone Alarm Firewall, Spy-bot Search and Destroy a spyware killer for years. I have recently added superantispyware. They are all free for personal use and I have had no trouble with Viruses Trojans Hackers etc. I have just upgraded to AVG free 8.0 and all seems good so far. Zone Alarm allows a lot of personal configuration unlike the Windows Firewall. They can all be downloaded from http://www.download.com/ I also use Windows Defender from the Microsoft site. It is safe to use two anti-spy products but never use more than one A/V as it can cause conflicts. You should run A/V and anti spy weekly. Hope this helps

  6. Dunbar Pappy says:

    Securing Windows operating systems from Internet assault is not a single application, or even a suite.
    It’s layers of protection, user habits, threat landscape awareness, system configuration, real time protection, and more.

    Although ‘all-in-one’ suites may be OK, (CareOne, McAfee, or Norton) plenty of freeware is available that will do the same job (maybe better???) & don’t deplete your system resources (and therefore speed).

    Generally speaking: as a system’s convenience, interactiveness & flexibility increase: security decreases.

    Look through some of the suggested freeware here, study up, and pick some of the frontline, real-time defenses. Create a restore point after each install, then run the system to verify that application’s ‘friendliness’ with your system before adding other applications.

    Sorry, but using Windows requires you to become a security expert, it’s that simple. Something they don’t tell you when you buy this system…
    Add this to your frontline, realtime counter-measures arsenal:
    runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.
    Use it for:
    Secure Web Browsing: Running your Web browser under the protection of Sandboxie means that all malicious software downloaded by the browser is trapped in the sandbox and can be deleted when closing the sandbox.

    Enhanced Privacy: Browsing history, cookies, and cached temporary files collected while Web browsing stay in the sandbox and don’t leak into Windows.

    Secure E-mail: Viruses and other malicious software that might be hiding in your email can’t break out of the sandbox and can’t infect your real system.

    Freeware. (http://www.sandboxie.com/)
    Not overly difficult to use. Don’t presume total impunity: it does have limits: listen to ‘Security Now’ #174 for more details (http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm)

    Not for 64 bit Vista platform.
    Recommended by Steve Gibson (Security Now & GRC)

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